Consequences of historical ignorance

May 8, 2018 |

It’s always a little difficult to be lectured with the nonsensical leftist cliché that you’re on “the wrong side of history” by someone who’s apparently not yet taken History 101. Or who took that class, only to be spoon-fed highly selective anti-American propaganda. George Santayana said that those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but what is there about our current youth that makes them think they can predict the future when they don’t even know what happened in the past?

You could make that case about young people’s current flirtation with the hideous, tragic failed system that is socialism, but the article at the link focuses on the current high school anti-gun movement and the sage tweets of Master David Hogg. He seems to think that the movements for India’s independence and civil rights for blacks were examples of peaceful change that disprove the need for guns for self-defense. We won’t go into how many people were killed in India during the “peaceful resistance” era, or how lying down in front of tanks would have worked against a nation like, say, Nazi Germany, China or the USSR, that didn’t care what other nations thought of it.

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But I wonder if he even realizes that without private firearms, many blacks in America would have gone unprotected by local racist authorities and been at the mercy of the KKK? And which civil rights organization fought for their right to arm and defend themselves, even allowing blacks to organize chapters of its group when other national organizations excluded them? It was Hogg’s bogey-man, the National Rifle Association, one of the oldest civil rights groups in America.

Read the article, or better yet, make your teenagers read it. It will make you want to take a more active role in overseeing what your kids are being taught in history class. Or maybe even reconsider which school you’re sending them to.




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  • Ruby Smith

    05/10/2018 10:39 AM

    Love your article Gov. We recently moved to northern California. Unfortunately the cost of living here doesn't allow us to continue Christian school, so we are looking for a homeschool curriculum. It's too bad that most families don't have a choice and are forced to send their kids to these currupted schools.

  • Max Attebery

    05/09/2018 10:58 PM

    I served most of my adult life serving in the U.S Navy and am very proudly retired from that endeavor. I attended a dedication of a Veteran's Memorial several years ago and was disappointed when not even the local high school history teacher could tell me what the Gulf of Tonkin resolution was or where 7th w Gulf of Tonkin was.

  • Fred Hinderer

    05/08/2018 09:35 PM

    I think Republicans have been business minded and involved with foreign affairs with strong defense. They abandoned the philosopy of things like education, text books, history, and allowed the Democrats to imprint their doctrine on young minds. Republicans need to reclaim real history and real philosophy in the classroom... an objective truth.

  • Rebecca Ann Whitney

    05/08/2018 08:46 PM

    I absolutely agree with everything you said in this post. In fact, a goodly portion of it should be bold & underlined typeset!
    Schools really are failing the children and have been for many years.
    It is pitiful how little actual, FACTUAL history is being taught.
    I won't even get started on mathematics!
    I'll be sharing this post.
    Thank you Mr. Huckabee.